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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2013 about Pitching

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Friday 8th March 2013

  • Getting Started with Angel Investing

    by Rosa McCormick

    Interested in getting started with Angel Investing? Have you made a few investments already but still haven't formalized your strategy?

    Learn from the mistakes of experienced Angel Investors who will share their success stories and their failures.

    • How do I find the best investments?
    • How many investments should I make and what size?
    • What terms really matter as an Angel?
    • Should I join an Angel Investor Network?
    • How do I get an unfair advantage?

    You'll leave this session with an overall strategy, specific tactics, and links to more online resources.

    Come to this session and then stay for 10 pitches from tech startups that are perfect for Angel Investors. They will all get profitable on <$1 million in funding, have customer traction, and have reasonable valuations.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 8th March

    In Salon ABC, Hilton Austin Downtown

Saturday 9th March 2013

  • Student Startup Madness - Finals Round One

    by Nicole Glaros, Patrick Ambron, Jim McKelvey and Paul Amsbary

    Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament for college student digital media startups, and SXSW is home of the national finals.

    This year's tournament opened in the summer of 2012. First and regional rounds of the competition were held online via Gust.com, bringing the field from 64 teams to 32 regional semi-finalists. On Jan 9, the “Entrepreneurial Eight” finalists were announced and invited to SXSW.

    Join us for our 3-session event on Saturday morning and watch teams from Emory, Illinois, Michigan State, RPI, St. Louis, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UT Austin pitch to a judging panel, featuring co-founders of Square and BrandYourself and investors/technologists from TechStars, Google, and Turner to win prizes, school bragging rights and the SSM championship.

    This 9:30-10:30 session features teams from The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Stanford University and Emory University. Find out more at www.StudentStartupMadness.com

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 9th March

    In Room 400/402, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Student Startup Madness - Finals Round Two

    by Nicole Glaros, Patrick Ambron, Jim McKelvey and Paul Amsbary

    Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament for college student digital media startups, and SXSW is home of the national finals.

    This year's tournament opened in the summer of 2012. First and regional rounds of the competition were held online via Gust.com, bringing the field from 64 teams to 32 regional semi-finalists. On Jan 9, the “Entrepreneurial Eight” finalists were announced and invited to SXSW.

    Join us for our 3-session event on Saturday morning and watch teams from Emory, Illinois, Michigan State, RPI, St. Louis, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UT Austin pitch to a judging panel, featuring co-founders of Square and BrandYourself and investors/technologists from TechStars, Google, and Turner to win prizes, school bragging rights and the SSM championship.

    This 11a.m.-noon session features teams from St. Louis University, Michigan State University, University of California at Berkeley and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More info at StudentStartupMadness.com

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Room 400/402, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • ATI/CTAN Austin Startup Fast Pitch

    by John Stockton, Kyle Cox, Pat Noonan and Bril Flint

    Presented by the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) & the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), Austin Startup Fast Pitch (ASFP) is a fast pitch competition for Austin-based startups with revolutionary ideas looking for funding. We will select five finalists to present to a hometown panel of corporate, angel, and venture investor judges in front of a well-connected audience at SXSW 2013. The Austin Startup Fast Pitch winner will receive free entry into a funding cycle of CTAN, one of the most active angel groups in the US and a 6 month membership into the ATI portfolio, whose members & graduates have raised a collective $250M over the past 5 years.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Austin Chamber Offices, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Win Friends & Influence People with Mind Reading

    by Henry Copeland

    Thanks to eons of pre-language evolution, we're hard-wired to intuit what's in other people's minds and harmonize our thoughts and emotions. But too often our mind-reading instincts get overridden by a drive to win arguments. This talk will unlock your mind-reading mojo, first by digging into recent neuroscience research, then by reviewing techniques perfected by mind-reading magicians. The result: you'll become more adept at selling, brainstorming and just plain-old getting along with other minds.

    At 1:15pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Turning PhD Concepts into Cocktail Conversations

    by Kira Wampler

    You've created a disruptive new technology that's going to revolutionize an industry – at least until you can figure out how to explain it to someone. Kira Wampler, VP of Marketing for Lytro, will discuss how to craft a compelling story about your product or technology and how to educate the average consumer about your breakthrough technology, and turn PhD concepts into cocktail conversations.

    Kira will explain how to educate your potential market by revealing that the current mindset is stagnant and how the solution lies – of course – in your stellar new technology. She'll walk through the stages of announcing a new product, and how to educate and excite a market on your product's benefits – without getting too wrapped up in the details that fly over consumers' heads. She'll also discuss some of the grassroots and social media efforts that can bring your product closer to your ideal target, taking away the inaccessibility from the product.

    At 3:30pm to 3:45pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • UK Demo Day

    Be the first to know about the best technology coming from the other side of the pond at the Start-Up Village's UK Demo Day. Come mix, mingle, and meet those that lead the largest entrepreneurial community in Europe – UK start-up companies. We will be showcasing 20 of the UK's best new technology ventures as they demo their products and look to meet potential partners, investors, clients, and you. Stop in to feast on drinks, snacks and cutting edge innovation that will leave you hungry for more. And you might learn a cool British phrase or two.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

Sunday 10th March 2013

  • HATCH Startup Pitch Competition Part 2

    by Rahul Sood

    HATCH: The pitch competition for tech startups with revolutionary ideas. Join our well-connected audience as the second group of finalists present their business plans and receive feedback from esteemed entrepreneur, corporate, angel, and venture investor judges. The audience weighs in with comments and votes using mobile and web.
    The program spans three SXSW sessions providing networking opportunities with fans, team members, mentors, advisors, and investors.

    Finalists are selected from a large pool of applicants from around the world. They prepare with education and coaching from experts to refine their business models and presentations to make the best possible pitch. Judges select winners after hearing all the presentations. Prizes include hosting services, tablets, investor meetings, media exposure, office space, consultations, and mentoring. HATCH alumni have raised funds and generally kicked ass.
    Come see the best of the best!

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • The “Made in Banff” Digital Media Pitch Session

    by Gavin McGarry, Joe Fingerote, Kelly Robinson and Kerry Stauffer

    Do you have a great idea for an interactive project? If your project displays an exceptional interactive content idea and an original media dissemination strategy – and your pitch stands out above all others in terms of creativity and originality in the digital media space, then come pitch your project to The “Made in Banff” Digital Media Creative Pitch Session at SXSW. The successful pitch session participant will be awarded a Banff Centre-hosted Creation Residency.

    The Banff Centre's Media team will work with you toward completing the production of your winning interactive media project. Professional resources include a wide variety of production and post-production services along experienced programmers, animators, videographers and audio personnel. Residencies will take place over an intensive 3-week period and culminate with the public presentation of the work created. Initial pitch applications will be submitted in advance via email to: sxswpitch@banffcentre.ca

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Room 400/402, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • HATCH Startup Pitch Competition Part 3 + Awards

    by John Frankel, Nate Gross and Rami Essaid

    HATCH: The pitch competition for tech startups with revolutionary ideas. Join our well-connected audience as the last group of finalists present their business plans and receive feedback from esteemed entrepreneur, corporate, angel, and venture investor judges. Tension mounts as the judges select winners from all the pitches over the three sessions. Winners are announced shortly after the final pitch. The audience weighs in with comments and votes using mobile and web.

    Finalists are selected from a large pool of applicants from around the world. They prepare with education and coaching from experts to refine their business models and presentations to make the most awesome pitch. Prizes include hosting services, tablets, investor meetings, media exposure, office space, consultations, and mentoring. HATCH alumni have raised funds and generally kicked ass.

    Come see the best of the best!

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Longhorn Startup Showcase

    by Isaac Barchas, Laura Kilcrease, Nelson "Rudy" Garza and Robert Warren

    Presented by The University of Texas at Austin, the Longhorn Startup Showcase is a fast pitch competition for UT Austin-based student startups with revolutionary ideas looking for funding to scale their innovations. We will choose five finalists to advance and present to a hometown panel of corporate, angel, and venture investor judges in front of a well-connected audience at SXSW 2013. The Longhorn Startup Showcase Pitch finalists will each engage in Q&A sessions with judges and have opportunities for discussions with the audience.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Austin Chamber Offices, Hilton Austin Downtown

Monday 11th March 2013

Tuesday 12th March 2013